June 4th, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — When “The Barber of Seville” opens on Friday, June 5, it will confirm Middlebury’s status as one of the smallest towns in the country with a professional opera company. The production marks the Opera Company of Middlebury’s sixth year of producing grand opera in the intimate confines of Town Hall Theater.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MONTPELIER — The overwhelming majority of Addison County lawmakers on Tuesday voted with the majority in a successful override of Gov. James Douglas’s budget veto, thereby setting in stone a spending plan for fiscal year 2010.
The House voted 100 to 50 — the bare minimum two-thirds majority necessary — to override Douglas’s veto of the $4.5 billion spending plan. It was the first budget veto in the state’s history.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
BRISTOL — Front and center at Tuesday’s meeting of the Bristol Planning Commission was the first draft of new rules that would revise Section 526 of Bristol’s zoning ordinances, the section dealing with the extraction of earth resources like gravel, sand, soil, or quarry stone.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — It’s not unusual for a student to bring in a poster, picture, letter or some other prop to bring a moment in time closer to reality for a history class.
Middlebury Union High School student Evelyn Hill last week brought her uncle to class — a man who not only experienced the Vietnam War, but whose self-professed greatest contribution is etched in history in one of the most iconic photographs of the fall of Saigon.
By KARL LINDHOLM
When he hits a home run, he drops the bat, begins running immediately, circles the bases quickly, head bowed, then accepts the congratulations of his teammates with a modest fist bump or two, takes his seat on the bench, and the game goes on.
Jason Bay, the anti-Manny.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team achieved a key preseason goal on Friday, and made history for the two-year-old varsity program.
In a game moved to Middlebury College’s turf field because of wet grounds at VUHS, the Commodores defeated St. Johnsbury, 10-6, to improve to 8-7 and post the program’s first winning varsity season.
The Commodores did that despite having only 15 players on their roster, graduating 10 seniors, and fighting through a rash of injuries, including the early-season loss of starting goalie Seth Stone.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday will begin reviewing a draft 2009-2010 city budget prepared by City Manager Mel Hawley. Hawley said if adopted, the budget would not raise the municipal portion of the city’s property tax rate.
He will present at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday a roughly $1.53 million spending plan that cuts almost $16,500 from current spending levels. The budget does not include the city’s sewer budget, which is supported by user fees.
MIDDLEBURY — Professional singers from all over the country descend on Middlebury this month for a fully staged production of “The Barber of Seville.” Rossini’s comic masterpiece is presented by the Opera Company of Middlebury, now in its sixth season.
The first performance is at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 5, with a 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, matinee. There will be additional performances on Tuesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 11.
After last year’s sold-out success with “La Bohème,” the company wanted to try something fun.